How to Connect Your AirTag to Two Phones or Multiple Devices

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Can An Airtag Be Connected To Two Phones

Apple’s AirTags have quickly become one of the most popular Bluetooth item trackers thanks to their seamless integration with iPhone, iPad, and Mac. But did you know you can easily connect and share a single AirTag with multiple Apple devices?

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through exactly how to connect your AirTag to two iPhones or share it with family members across several Apple devices. As an AirTag owner myself, I’ve spent countless hours testing out different setups to determine the most efficient ways to get your AirTag connected to all your devices.

Whether you have an iPhone for work and personal use, want to share an AirTag with a spouse, or let your kids help track shared items, I’ll cover multiple scenarios with step-by-step instructions. I’ll also highlight key AirTag limitations to be aware of and provide expert troubleshooting tips for common issues.

What is an AirTag and How Does It Work?

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First, let’s do a quick overview of AirTags for those who are new to these handy little tracking devices. An AirTag is a small, circular tag you can attach to items like keys, wallets, backpacks, luggage – pretty much anything you want to keep track of.

The AirTag connects to your Apple devices via Bluetooth and then leverages Apple’s vast Find My network to allow you to locate your items near or far. The ultra-wideband chip enables Precision Finding to guide you right to your AirTag’s location. You can also trigger the AirTag to play a sound for easier locating.

Setting Up and Pairing Your AirTag

Getting started with an AirTag is incredibly easy. Here’s how to set up and pair an AirTag:

  1. Go to the Find My app and tap the “Add AirTag” button.
  2. Hold your AirTag close to your iPhone and tap “Connect.”
  3. Choose a name for your AirTag or select from the preset options like Keys, Backpack, Luggage, etc.
  4. Tap “Continue” to register the AirTag to your Apple ID.

Your AirTag is now paired and ready to use! It’s important to note that the AirTag is tied to your Apple ID, not a specific device. This allows you to easily connect it to multiple Apple devices, as we’ll explore next.

Sharing Your AirTag with Multiple iPhones and Devices

Sharing An Airtag Between Iphones, Ipads And Macs

Now that your AirTag is set up and paired, you can share it and connect it to multiple devices in two main ways:

  1. Using Family Sharing to share AirTag access with family members
  2. Connecting the AirTag to two iPhones signed into different Apple IDs

Let’s walk through both options.

Using Family Sharing to Share AirTags

One of the most seamless ways to share an AirTag with multiple Apple devices is by using the Family Sharing feature. Family Sharing lets you share access to an AirTag with up to 5 family members’ Apple devices.

Here’s how to set it up:

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  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the “People” tab, then tap “Share My Location.”
  3. Tap the Apple ID of the family member you want share the AirTag with.
  4. Choose which AirTag to share from the list of your devices.
  5. Tap “Send” and the family member will get a notification to accept the share request.
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The shared AirTag will now appear in the family member’s Find My app across their devices. They can view its current location and get notified if it’s left behind. However, only the original owner can adjust settings like changing the AirTag’s name or sound.

Step-by-Step Guide to Share an AirTag

Here’s a quick visual summary of the steps to share an AirTag using Family Sharing:

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Sharing an AirTag with family is an excellent option if multiple people need to keep track of the same item, like shared car keys or a pet’s collar. It allows everyone to pitch in and locate the item while still maintaining a degree of privacy and control for the original owner.

Connecting an AirTag to Two iPhones with Different Apple IDs

What if you have two iPhones with different Apple IDs and want to use the same AirTag on both? While not as seamless as Family Sharing, it’s still doable with a few extra steps:

  1. Set up the AirTag with the primary iPhone you’ll be using most. This will link the AirTag to that device’s Apple ID.
  2. On the second iPhone, make sure you’re signed into your Apple ID and Find My iPhone is enabled.
  3. Open the Find My app on the second phone and tap “Add New Item” then choose AirTag.
  4. Scan the AirTag you want to add by holding it near the phone.
  5. The AirTag should connect and appear in the Find My app on the second phone.

You can now locate and interact with the AirTag from both iPhones, even though they use different Apple IDs. The only downside is you’d need to factory reset the AirTag to switch which phone is the “primary” one that can change AirTag settings.

AirTag Limitations and Things to Know

While AirTags offer a lot of flexibility to share and connect to multiple devices, there are some limitations to be aware of:

How Many Airtags Can Be Linked

Maximum Number of AirTags Per Account

  • There is a limit of 16 AirTags that can be actively linked per Apple ID account.

Family Sharing Limits

  • You can only share a single AirTag with up to 5 family members.
  • While family can locate a shared AirTag, only the owner can change its settings.

International Use Considerations

It’s good to keep these limitations in mind as you decide how to best deploy and share your AirTags across family and devices.

Tips for Resetting and Troubleshooting AirTags

If you run into any snags connecting or sharing your AirTags, don’t worry. There are several ways you can reset or troubleshoot to get things working smoothly again:

Factory Resetting an AirTag

  • If you need to totally reset your AirTag, press down on the polished stainless steel back and rotate counterclockwise until the back cover stops rotating.
  • Remove the cover and battery, then put the battery back in.
  • Press down on the battery until you hear a sound indicating the battery is connected.
  • Repeat this process 5 times in a row until you hear a different sound confirming the AirTag is reset.

Removing an AirTag from Family Sharing

  • To unlink an AirTag from a family member’s device, open Find My and tap the “People” tab.
  • Select the family member currently sharing the AirTag and tap “Remove AirTag.”

Repairing AirTag Connection Issues

  • If your AirTag isn’t connecting or showing “Not Reachable”, tap the AirTag in the Items tab and choose “Identify Found Item.”
  • Try moving the AirTag to a different location and listen for its sound. You can also try turning off Bluetooth and turning it back on.
  • If the AirTag says “Last Seen” in red, it means it can’t currently connect to your device. Moving around or following the above tips can help reestablish the connection.

Replacing the AirTag Battery

  • AirTag batteries typically last around a year, but you’ll get alerts when it’s time for a replacement.
  • To replace, rotate the polished back counterclockwise until it stops spinning.
  • Remove the old battery and insert a standard CR2032 battery with the positive side facing up.
  • Replace the back cover by aligning the three tabs, pressing down, and rotating clockwise until it locks.

With these troubleshooting tips you should be able to resolve most common issues around using your AirTag with multiple devices.

Frequently Asked Questions About Connecting AirTags to Multiple Devices

To round things out, here are answers to some top questions about using an AirTag with multiple phones and devices:

How many AirTags can I link to my Apple ID? You can have up to 16 AirTags actively linked to one Apple ID account at a time.

Can I use my AirTag with Family Sharing and two phones with different Apple IDs? Yes, you can use both methods together. Your AirTag can be linked to two separate Apple IDs while also being shared with family members via Family Sharing.

Will my AirTag work with Android devices? While designed for Apple products, you can use the Tracker Detect app on Android to scan for AirTags nearby. However, you won’t get all the features available on iPhone and iPad.

Why can’t I change my AirTag’s settings from a family member’s device? Only the original owner of the AirTag can change its name, sound, and other settings. Family Sharing provides locating access but reserves control for the owner.

Can I add an AirTag using my iPad or Mac? Yes, any iPad or Mac signed into the same Apple ID as your AirTag can add and locate the AirTag via the Find My app.

Is there a monthly fee for using an AirTag? No, AirTags do not require any monthly fees or subscriptions. The only ongoing cost is replacing the CR2032 battery about once per year.

Do AirTags require WiFi to work? No, AirTags connect to your devices via Bluetooth and don’t require WiFi or cellular connectivity to function. As long as the AirTag is within Bluetooth range or near another device in the Find My network, it can update its location.

Can I view my AirTag’s past location history? AirTags don’t keep a detailed history log, but you can view recent locations and a timeline showing roughly where it’s been over the last few days in Find My. Just tap the AirTag and scroll down to the location history section.

With the flexibility to connect your AirTag to two iPhones, share it with family, and locate it from your Mac, iPad and Apple Watch, AirTag makes it easier than ever to keep track of your important items across all your devices. I hope this guide gives you the knowledge and tips you need to take full advantage of AirTag’s sharing and multi-device capabilities.

Key Takeaways for Using AirTags with Two Phones

  • An AirTag pairs to your Apple ID, allowing it to work across multiple Apple devices signed into the same account.
  • Use Family Sharing to securely share an AirTag with up to 5 family members. Everyone can locate the shared AirTag but only the owner can change settings.
  • You can connect an AirTag to two iPhones signed in with different Apple IDs. The setup process just takes a few extra steps compared to Family Sharing.
  • There’s a maximum limit of 16 AirTags per Apple ID. Family Sharing supports sharing a single AirTag with up to 5 others.
  • To troubleshoot issues, you can factory reset an AirTag, remove it from Family Sharing, repair it in the Find My app, and easily replace the CR2032 battery.
  • While optimized for Apple products, Android users can scan and detect AirTags using Apple’s Tracker Detect app.

By leveraging Family Sharing, shared Apple IDs, and the flexibility to use AirTags across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, you can easily stay connected to the items that matter most. I’ve used these methods to share AirTags with my family so we can all pitch in locating shared items like the family pet or car keys.

Whether you’re pairing an AirTag to multiple personal devices or sharing access with loved ones, I hope this guide gives you the knowledge and practical steps to make the most of your AirTags. With a little setup and sharing, AirTags make keeping track of your things a breeze no matter where you or your devices are. Happy tracking!

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